Day 9: What was your favorite children’s book?
I was in the third grade, and I had a nasty habit of finishing my homework in class before a lot of the other students in class. I’d sit there drawing on my desk or trying to strike up conversations with the other kids in class. Believe it or not, I really didn’t read that often before then. I hated it. Until my third grade teacher, Mrs. Bell, gave me no other option. I could either pick a book off the shelf and read it, or I could go sit in another teacher’s classroom in the corner (For some reason, being sent to another teacher’s classroom was the thing to do when you had an unruly student; doesn’t that kind of seem like a big game of “Pass the Trash” to anyone?).
So, I randomly grabbed this book off of her bookshelf and sat back down and began reading it. I surprised myself by how drawn in I was by the book. It took me the rest of the day to finish it in between class assignments, but I was hooked on it. I think I surprised Mrs. Bell the next day when I picked another book off of the shelf and started reading it (My Side of the Mountain, if you were curious to know).
I guess I have Mrs. Bell to thank for my book obsession, because it all went uphill from there. In fourth grade, I was reading Goosebumps and Boxcar Children, in Junior High it was Harry Potter, Circle of Magic, Chronicles of Narnia, and Fear Street among other things. High School introduced me to the Shannara series and the Sword of Truth series. Now? Now, there are more books on my shelf that I haven’t read than those that I’ve finished. I’m a huge book nerd (or book slut as Heather fondly refers to it). Like writing, books are an easy escape from this world. They let you know go somewhere else for a while to get away.
I guess I strayed slightly from the prompt, but I just do what the voices in my head tell me.